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Grateful Dead Live at Ventura County Fairgrounds on 1985-07-13




Set 1

One More Saturday Night-> Fire On The Mountain, Walkin' Blues, Dupree's Diamond Blues, Mama Tried-> Big River, Bird Song-> The Music Never Stopped

Set 2

Touch Of Gray, Women Are Smarter, Terrapin Station-> Drums-> The Wheel-> Cryptical Envelopement-> The Other One-> Comes A Time-> Around & Around-> Sugar Magnolia, E: U.S. Blues


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Ventura County Fairgrounds
Location Ventura, CA

Source SBD -> Cassette Master (Sony D5/TDK MA-R90)
Lineage Cassette Master (Nakamichi DR-1) -> Sound Devices 744T (24bit/96k) -> Adobe Audition v3.0 -> Samplitude Professional v11.03 -> FLAC/16
Taped by Joani Walker and Paul Scotton
Transferred by Charlie Miller

Notes

Notes:
-- Disc change is seamless
-- Thanks to Joani Walker and Paul Scotton for the tapes
-- Thanks to Joe B. Jones for his help with the pitch correction

Reviews

Reviewer: Dave Siebert - - July 15, 2014
Subject: Listen.
Of course,I was there! Thannk you Charlie Miller for helping me relive my past in such quality>#dontletgo
Reviewer: jiminycriquet - - November 12, 2013
Subject: Love it
This has got some great stuff... End of first set and start of second set = truly magical. Great playing by all and Jerry's guitar has a nice deep rich sound to it that is awesome.

Thanks again Charlie Miller, you are the man!
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - - July 14, 2013
Subject: --
Awesome, full-throated show from a magnificent summer.

Set 1: OMSN > Fire. Of course, a weird way to start a show, but just check that Fire - my god, they have that rhythm as steady as a rock. I'm tempted to want to compare this to a '77 version, but how's about letting 1985 stand on its own two feet, and compare *others* to this magnificence?

Walkin' Blues peaked this year. They turned in one incredible reading of this old R. Johnson tune again and again. As Gregg Allman would say, this thing is six-foot-f*ckin' BLUES.

Everything else rounds out quite an eye-popping first set - Dupree's is handled with total ease, and Bird Song > MNS makes for a fantastic bookend to the opening jams. WOW!

Set 2 - Only caveat for this show is Touch, which Jerry fumbles - they never really got a handle on this one lyrically until after the coma (most appropriately, maybe). But Terrapin is sung from the top of the mountain, D>S is purposefully weird - check the hallowed space that the Wheel emerges from.

Other One is all right enough, and to njpg below: if you didn't like Jer's '85 attempts at Cryptical, which indeed were rather lackluster, why bitch about lack of a reprise? He never aired the reprise out for 10+ minutes ala 68-70 anyways; it would have been a 45-second thing, had he done it - besides, the sharp turn into Comes a Time is absolutely majestic - listen to how he *commands* that opening line - this is NO substandard version - if there's anything to complain about, it's Bobby's abrupt jangle into a ho-hum A&A away from the beautiful delicacy they were laying down - they could have kept up that space for another 10 minutes, even to the end of the show, and I'd be happy.

The energy here is infectious - if you have any head friends who scoff at '85, suggest this one. If it doesn't convince, nothing will.
Reviewer: BIG_R - - July 15, 2012
Subject: 7-13-85
Excellent performance/sound quality. Yeah, C Miller rules!
Reviewer: ILoveJerryGarcia - - June 27, 2011
Subject: Charlie Miller
Just seeing Charlie Miller's name on this fantastically played show is satysfying. I worship him.
Reviewer: njpg - - June 25, 2011
Subject: 4.3 stars
There are no really good AUDs of this show, so I'm rating this characteristically awesome Scotton/Walker/Miller SBD instead. I think the best AUD of this show is the Suraci, as per usual for this tour.

The set list is amazing. Despite what you might think before you hear it, though, the first is the better of the two sets, with the highlights being the opening Saturday Night/Fire, another very heavy Walkin' as good as the one they played a few nights before, and Big River. In the second set, we have yet another sloppy and shoddy Cryptical (what is the point of awesome breakouts if they sound like crap?), and this would be mitigated by a stellar Other One...but then, even though they set it up for a Cryptical reprise, THEY DON'T PLAY IT. Instead, Garcia breaks the rhythm with a slightly substandard Comes A Time. Not cool. But the encore rocks. Overall, a good show that could have been so much better.
Reviewer: Longnstrange - - March 1, 2010
Subject: GOOD STUFF
Awesome sounding board! This isn't heavy on the keys or vocals like so many eighties boards are. Cymbals sound great. No swishy swashy. Bass is all there to boot. Opinions abound as far as song selection and performance, so my reviews are only of the recording quality.
Reviewer: Sedula - - March 1, 2010
Subject: Reviews of recording quality
I've never seen a stupider statement than that the reviews are for recording quality not the show. If the show sucked and the recording was good it gets a five?

This is why it was beyond annoying to sit next to people like Longstrange at shows, who would be singing along in your ear louder than the music and bathing once a tour.
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